Mothers women are reading to their preschool children in their curiosity and caring about brain health. You also could read stories to your children about healthier nutrition. There’s also a curiosity about how much each state has progressed, for example, in taking measures for improvement such as reading to your pre-school child for years before the child enters kindergarten and begins to learn more about how to read.
Check out these excellent resources: Using Children’s Storybooks as a Basis For Nutrition Education, Children’s Books about Nutrition, and Learning Nutrition Through Reading – Healthy Child Care Library.
You can get books from local libraries such as Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington, One Bean by Anne Rockwell, Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert, Ruth Krauss’s The Carrot Seed, and Milk from Cow to Carton by Aliki. Kids can plant vegetable or fruit gardens at school or in their own yard, or even in a planter if you live in an apartment.
These books also lend themselves to hands-on gardening, tasting, and cooking activities. Hands-on experiences–such as a helping the children grow pumpkins or tend a garden with all the ingredients for soup–will make the storybook come alive. Kids who eat at daycare facilities or school can also learn about what’s good to eat for their body, strength, and growth.
Want to form the vegetable and fruit eating habit early on with children? Show your children (or your class) look at books such as Lois Ehlert’s Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z. This book colorfully depicts foods from artichokes to zucchini and is sure to spark children’s curiosity about unfamiliar foods.
You can become a volunteer speaker in the schools visiting classrooms to talk about healthier eating or growing vegetables. Look at books with kids such as The Wild Bunch, by Dee Lillegard and Rex Barron. This book gives fruits and vegetables personalities using rhyming text. In Vivian French’s books Oliver’s Vegetables and Oliver’s Fruit Salad, Oliver discovers, with his grandparents’ gentle help, that fruits and vegetables are tastier than he thought.
Want your child to eat more whole apples full of fiber instead of drinking water, sugary apple juice? Also you can bake a no-added sugar applie pie and show the child books such as The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall.
For more books on apples, usually the favorite fruit of kids, try books such as The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons, and How To Make An Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman. Steven Kellogg’s Johnny Appleseed is a storybook that looks at apples in the context of an appealing, and real, folk hero. By associating food with being a folk hero, your child will be more likely to admire the man’s efforts and growing apple trees across the country and be more willing to try out various apple salads or eat the whole fruit.
Check out the uTube video, Johnny Appleseed -Part 1 of 2 – YouTube, and also read the story online, and The Story of Johnny Appleseed – Just For Kids – Washington Apple. For older children, try, Pollan, Michael (2001). The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-375-50129-0. 2002 paperback: ISBN 0-375-76039-3
Look for other books that explore fruits, such as The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood, Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey, and Cherries and Cherry Pits by Vera Williams.
Aside from only nutrition stories, you might also be interested in reading to your child or encourage your older child to read humorous adventure outerspace-astronaut and their cats novels such as my own novel, Astronauts and their Cats, which is about fun and humor in outer space. The goal of humor and science is to motivate kids to have some curiosity about brain health as part of health education through fiction. Some women keep tabs on brain health by each state as part of health education.
America’s Brain Health Index is part of a national health education campaign, Beautiful Minds: Finding Your Lifelong Potential. The campaign is designed to empower Americans to develop and maintain healthy, beautiful minds.
See how each state has progressed, held its own or lost ground in taking measures to improve brain health over the past two years. See the site: Study: Iowa ranks low in brain health | TheGazette.
People in Maryland and Washington, DC have the healthiest brains. See the site from the Washingtonian blog, Maryland, DC Have the Healthiest Brains in the US – Well+Being. The map is from the site, America’s Brain Health Index. Thanks to their high consumption of docosahexaenoic acid-rich foods (DHA), notes the site, people in Maryland and DC have healthy brains.
Also see the site: The Best States for Your Brain – Healthy Living Center. Where does your state rank as far as brain health? Also check out the site, Howard Behavioral Health Network of Care. There’s actually a campaign that was unveiled this year, in 2011 regarding America’s Brain Health Index, a state-by-state ranking of brain health that delivers data on how well brains are working. See, Brain Health Critical as Americans Live Longer | Alternative Medicine.
Check out America’s 2011 Brain Health Index. America’s Brain Health Index is a state-by-state measure of the nation’s brain health. See the website, America’s Brain Health Index. Maryland has the highest brain health ranking. California doesn’t rank too high. As America gets older, brain health — that barometer of how just how fit our brains remain as we age — has been measured for the sake of looking at health nationwide.
In September 2011, nutritional product company Life’s DHA and the National Center for Creative Aging released the Brain Health Index, a ranking of American states (including the District of Columbia) by brain health. See “Brain Health Across the Country.”
If a city-by-city index were taken instead of a state brain health index, do you think Sacramento would have excellent brain health or need improvement? You can check out California’s brain health index at: The Best States for Your Brain.
The index is evaluated the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia based on 21 factors including diet, physical health, mental health and social well-being. See how each state has progressed, held its own or lost ground in taking measures to improve brain health over the past two years.
The state-by-state ranking of brain health offers data. You can check out the site, Brain Health Index Healthiest States | Healthy State Rankings.
What are the 10 top states for brain health? Check out the site. For example, in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Washington State, the data ranks these states high in good brain health. Maybe it’s time for not only brain health but to look into ‘brane’ health as well as in ‘membrane,’ considering the state of overall physical health.